The Chelsea football team saw its 13-game regular season win streak come to an end last week as Ypsilanti Lincoln handed the Bulldogs a 26-14 loss September 8. The loss was the first regular season set back dating back to October 9, 2015 when the Bulldogs fell to Ypsilanti.
Just 1:42 into the game, Lincoln went on top with a touchdown pass, but Chelsea answered with a Thomas Steele 7-yard touchdown run to cap a 71-yard drive.
A Chelsea fumble gave the Splitters the ball at the Bulldogs 31 and just 25 seconds later Lincoln scored on a TD run to take a 13-7 lead.
Lincoln picked off a pass late in the first half and capitalized by punching it in for a 19-7 halftime lead.
The Splitters drove to the Chelsea 12-yard line to start the second half, but Braden Steele picked off a pass to end the Lincoln drive.
Chelsea then drove to the Splitter 29, but turned the ball over on downs when they could not convert on a fourth and nine. It would stay 19-7 until late in the fourth when Lincoln picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to make it 26-7 with 3:29 left in the game.
Thomas Steele would score his second touchdown of the game with 40 seconds left to make it 26-14, but Lincoln ran the clock out.
The teams were nearly equal in total offense with Chelsea owning the slight edge 334-322, but the Bulldogs could not overcome three interceptions.
Steele finished with 127 yards rushing on 19 carries and was 10 of 20 passing for 103 yards. Aaron McDaniels rushed for 75 yards on 16 carries.
Hunter Neff caught four passes for 50 yards, Austin Chilsom-Blockton three for 28, and Jacob Grubbs two for 18.
Nehemiah Mite led Chelsea with four solo tackles and two assists, while Braden Steele had five solo tackles and an interception.
The Bulldogs will try to get back on track when they travel to Tecumseh Friday night.